The Health Ministry said Wednesday it will inspect all 84 hospitals in Japan that have been designated as “advanced treatment hospitals.”
The status allows hospitals to conduct advanced medical procedures, generating billions of yen in extra revenue each year.
The ministry made the decision following a series of deaths from botched operations at two such hospitals -- Gunma University Hospital and Tokyo Women's Medical University. Both institutions lost their special status on June 1 due to negligence.
The ministry will spend about three months inspecting the hospitals, Fuji TV reported. Inspectors will look at safety management protocols and whether doctors are receiving informed consent from patients before they undergo special treatment.© Japan Today